C California Style

On View: A Summer Art Tour of the Golden State

by C California Style

Catch the season’s most noteworthy exhibits

Trade your sunglasses for specs and speed through the state for an arty-smarty summer. At Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, catch influential high-low artists such as Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden and Kehinde Wiley in “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” an exhibition honoring the titular art magazine (June 11-Sept. 17; crockerart.org). Moving south to the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (famsf.org), get your fashion fix with “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” (June 24-Sept. 24), or suss out the subversive mastery of Urs Fischer (through July 22) and Sarah Lucas’ provocative sculpture (July 15-Sept. 17) juxtaposed next to Rodin’s fine forms. Check out five next-gen Bay Area artists at SFMOMA’s annual SECA Art Award show (July 15-Sept. 17; sfmoma.org), which highlights Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland and Lindsey White, among others. If you’re looking for a more established oeuvre under the same roof, “Noguchi’s Playscapes” (July 15-Nov. 26) honors the late Japanese-American sculptor’s take on playgrounds—a place where individuals come together—with models and fanciful works that have heavily influenced current landscape design. Meanwhile, San Francisco icon Andy Goldsworthy, whose dramatic land art graces the Presidio, returns to the Haines Gallery for the first time in seven years with “Drawing Water Standing Still,” a grouping of photographs and videos that manipulate organic elements (June 1-July 29; hainesgallery.com).

Say “Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney” at the Getty Center in L.A., where a panoply of selfies by the artist and cubist-styled grids of photography are on display (June 27-Nov. 26; getty.edu). Also on the city’s west side, find Marisa Merz, the major Arte Povera player (and the only female from the noteworthy 1960s Italian movement), at the Hammer Museum in a large-scale exhibition of her work from the last five decades (June 4-Aug. 20; hammer.ucla.edu). Then catch the second California-Pacific Triennial at the OCMA for an architecture roundup from the Pacific Rim (through Sept. 3; ocma.net). Finally, end on an aquatic note at MCASD Downtown, where Andrea Chung’s inventive engagement with lionfish (an animal currently threatening native species in the Caribbean) in collage, video and cyanotype doubles as a timely commentary on colonialization (through Aug. 20; mcasd.org).


This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of C Magazine.